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Mendy Smith

Music in the Business World

December 11, 2010 at 3:04 AM

Over the years I have read many articles about the benefits of music, from learning languages, to math and science.  One benefit that I've discovered recently is a bit of a surprise to me - navigating the corporate world.

In the corporate world there are interactions with completely different personalities, interpretations of policies, philosophies,  and approaches to solving one problem or another.  Sometimes the mix works well, and other times it doesn't.  Meetings can be harmonious or dissonant.  There are goals to be achieved in a certain time-frame using the skills of those who are available for the effort.  The people on the team must balance their own personal opinions with the what is required to obtain the results desired.

It is not so different than navigating the musical world.  If one replaces corporate policy and philosophy interpretation with musical interpretation, problem solving skills with group intonation and rhythm work, meetings with a performance; a nearly perfect cross-over of business and musical skills takes place.  

I have never been so thankful for having music introduced to me at a young age.  Though music is not my career, what I have learned is serving me well in the corporate world.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on December 11, 2010 at 3:21 PM


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